Review into condition of iconic Porthleven Institute

Falmouth Packet: Review into condition of iconic Porthleven Institute Review into condition of iconic Porthleven Institute

A review is to be carried out on the condition of Porthleven’s Bickford-Smith Institute and its maintenance.

As part of the survey the town council, which is the landlord, will also look at the tenancy of the building.

It was prompted by two requests from people in the port wanting to use the building’s unused room.

Currently the town council offices fill the Institute Cottage, with Porthleven Snooker Club occupying the large room downstairs.

At last week’s council meeting, clerk Corrie Thompson read a letter from Porthleven’s Poppy Appeal collector Rachel Baker and a second on behalf of the son of Mr Ingram, who it was claimed used to use the room to make and store his models – although it was thought to be before the time of the present day councillors, as none could remember this.

Mr Ingram junior wanted to use the room to paint and sell artwork, while Mrs Baker asked for support in storing the Poppy Appeal boxes and other paraphernalia.

She said: “I’ve kept them myself for many years but I live in a one bedroom flat. I am struggling for space – these boxes are big and I have nine of them.”

Councillor Andy Wallis said sub-letting the spare room would “open up all kind of cans of worms” and would not be supportive of anyone coming in without the opportunity being opened up to fair competition.

Members were also told of the current poor state of the room, which was described as “very damp,” with parts of the ceiling falling down.

It was agreed that the council support Mrs Baker in her request for help with the Poppy Appeal storage, although not necessarily in the spare room.

A working party is also being set up, involving all members of the council, which would investigate the current state of the institute and report back to a future meeting.

Councillor Dick Powell summed up the feeling of members when he said: “It’s such an important building for Porthleven, we can’t have it deteriorating.”

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7:53am Wed 18 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I do not think any spare rooms should be used for singular private use but more so for something that would benefit the whole community.
With regards to 'painting and selling art work' there are units to rent specifically for that purpose I believe, at the CAST building at 3 Penrose Rd Helston. However, storage should be found for the poppy appeal boxes, I do not believe it fair to expect a collector to store the boxes in their private accommodation, could a shop or business within the port not offer help?

The maintenance for the institute should be kept up to date, this is a most iconic and architecturally important building for Porthleven and lies within a conservation area.
I do not think any spare rooms should be used for singular private use but more so for something that would benefit the whole community. With regards to 'painting and selling art work' there are units to rent specifically for that purpose I believe, at the CAST building at 3 Penrose Rd Helston. However, storage should be found for the poppy appeal boxes, I do not believe it fair to expect a collector to store the boxes in their private accommodation, could a shop or business within the port not offer help? The maintenance for the institute should be kept up to date, this is a most iconic and architecturally important building for Porthleven and lies within a conservation area. Gillian Zella Martin 09

1:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

I agree with you Gill any spare room should be like the snooker club room, something for the community not a private art workshop, doesnt Christophers store Mullions Christmas lights? Couldnt a shop store Porthlevens poppy boxes.? The clock tower and institute should be maintained, after all, if it fell into disrepair and became unsafe where would the town council have their office, in the pub?
I agree with you Gill any spare room should be like the snooker club room, something for the community not a private art workshop, doesnt Christophers store Mullions Christmas lights? Couldnt a shop store Porthlevens poppy boxes.? The clock tower and institute should be maintained, after all, if it fell into disrepair and became unsafe where would the town council have their office, in the pub? Rainbow over Helston

6:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
I agree with you Gill any spare room should be like the snooker club room, something for the community not a private art workshop, doesnt Christophers store Mullions Christmas lights? Couldnt a shop store Porthlevens poppy boxes.? The clock tower and institute should be maintained, after all, if it fell into disrepair and became unsafe where would the town council have their office, in the pub?
Yes, Garry does store the Christmas lights in Christopher's in Mullion.

If town councils started having their meetings in pubs then more members of the public might attend the meetings, but then I don't know if that would be considered a good thing or a bad thing!

They could rent the room out in the institute for different things, or let it be used free of charge for charity events.

What I find interesting, it says "members were also told of the current poor state of the room" did they not already themselves know then?
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: I agree with you Gill any spare room should be like the snooker club room, something for the community not a private art workshop, doesnt Christophers store Mullions Christmas lights? Couldnt a shop store Porthlevens poppy boxes.? The clock tower and institute should be maintained, after all, if it fell into disrepair and became unsafe where would the town council have their office, in the pub?[/p][/quote]Yes, Garry does store the Christmas lights in Christopher's in Mullion. If town councils started having their meetings in pubs then more members of the public might attend the meetings, but then I don't know if that would be considered a good thing or a bad thing! They could rent the room out in the institute for different things, or let it be used free of charge for charity events. What I find interesting, it says "members were also told of the current poor state of the room" did they not already themselves know then? Gillian Zella Martin 09

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